You should be concerned if your child:
- Repeatedly breaks family rules about when and how much game playing is allowed.
- Withdraws from friends and activities to spend time playing.
- Sneaks and lies about game playing.
- Neglects school work and other responsibilities.
- Throws temper tantrums when limits are imposed.
Tips to make sure computer and video game playing remains a positive part of your children’s lives:
- Set clear ground rules about when, where, how much, and what kind of game playing is allowed.
- Limit game playing time.
- Require that homework and other chores be completed first.
- Keep video and computer games out of children’s bedrooms.
- If your child refuses to cooperate, restrict access for a period of time.
- If nothing else works, go cold turkey. Get rid of the games.